Obama Announces New, Web Based Stolen Valor Initiative

By Fred Lucas | July 24, 2012 | 9:18 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, while promoting veterans initiatives Monday, announced a new government website that would allow employers and others to confirm if someone is honest about boasting of military service.

Speaking at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev., Obama talked about several proposals to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan find jobs and get the needed medical help needed.

He also pointed out the problem of stolen valor, or when someone falsely claims military honors for self promotion.

“There’s another way we can honor those who serve,” the president said. “It may no longer be a crime for con artists to pass themselves off as heroes, but one thing is certain -- it is contemptible. So this week, we will launch a new website, a living memorial, so the American people can see who’s been awarded our nation’s highest honors, because no American hero should ever have their valor stolen.”

This was part of the “Transition GPS” initiative to help veterans transition into the work force, provide job training, tax credits to firms who hire business and increased help for veterans suffering from war injuries and post traumatic stress syndrome.

The administration program would expand job counseling for service members before leave the military and increase education and help exiting service members have fast track credentialing for fields they would already have expertise in.